Saw Zin Maung Soe (also known as Cicer Nyinyi) is Other Sheep Coordinator for Myanmar. Since his childhood, Cicer has been intimately acquainted with Christian teachings through his Christian community and his Christian family who were, in earlier times, the first, in their part of Burma, to convert to Christianity.
Today, Cicer, as an LGBT activist, with deep respect for his Christian heritage and with an understanding of how/why the Christian faith may prove problematic for LGBT Christians, is a Buddhist.
His professional experience as a human rights activist, working on behalf of the marginalized, is extensive.
Presently, he serves as chairperson of C.A.N-Org (Civil Authorize Negotiate Organization) of Mandalay, Myanmar (see Facebook page). He is a member-advisor to the Myanmar Council of Churches, and co-founder and patron of PFlag-Myanmar (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
He has been active in organizing IDAHO Mandalay, TDoR (Transgender Day of Remembrance), International Day of Human Rights, and other like events.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling and Psychology (Huge, Netherland), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Buddhism (International Thaevada Buddhist University Mandalay). He holds a diploma in health education and a diploma in English. He has been certified in eighteen different areas of educational and management disciplines.
In September of 2014, Cicer accepted the “Honorary Citizen of the Grate State of Nebraska” Award for his work in promoting human rights education in local communities in Burma.
Rev. Stephen Parelli Executive Director of Other Sheep, and Jose Ortiz Other Sheep Liaison for Asia, through arrangements made by KnooKnow Lahkang, met Cicer in Mandalay in August of 2015, when Cicer hosted a meeting (above photo) for Other Sheep to meet with transgender and gay people (see Facebook photos). In August of 2015, Cicer provisionally accepted the position of Other Sheep Coordinator for Myanmar and was approved, as Coordinator, by the Other Sheep board at its annual meeting of April, 2016.